This Is My Story

In the gospels which were written by eye-witnesses to Jesus and his life on earth, we find many stories of miraculous healings. One incident that I love is the story of a blind man as told in John 9. The man had been blind since birth and so in order to live, he had to beg on the side of the road. One day Jesus and his disciples saw this man and the disciples equated his blindness with his own or his parents’ sin. They asked Jesus about it and Jesus replied that his blindness was not caused as the disciples suggested but rather it “happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” (John 9:3 NLT)

Of course, Jesus healed the man and that’s when all the trouble started! This man had his vision restored! He was able to see clearly! And yet, no one seemed to rejoice with him. His neighbors couldn’t believe that it was actually him. Then they wanted to know the whole story. After hearing that, they still didn’t rejoice. Instead, they took him to see the Pharisees because this great miracle had happened on the Sabbath. Now the Pharisees wanted to hear his story. Once again instead of rejoicing, the man is subjected to criticism of Jesus and questions about his authority to do such a miracle. It got so bad that even his parents basically washed their hands of the issue and didn’t have anything to say about their son’s healing.

Here is a man who was a nobody. People walked by him every day without any concern or care for him. This man who was a nobody all of a sudden became somebody that everyone was talking about. Because of his healing, this man got to share his story of his encounter with Jesus. Did everyone believe it? No–it would seem that hardly anyone believed it. But the man’s life was changed forever. Read this story starting in John 9:1 but don’t stop before you get to the really great part. Spoiler alert!

When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.”

“You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”

“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. John 9:35-38 (NLT)

What’s your story? Be ready to share it. Don’t let anyone talk you out of giving God glory. No one can dispute what God has done for you personally. Let God’s power be shown through your story!

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